HoopsHype Brandon Bass rumors

January 1, 2014 Updates

Late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 92-91 loss to the Hawks at TD Garden, starting Celtics forwards Jeff Green and Brandon Bass engaged in a verbal altercation on the bench, where both remained while coach Brad Stevens elected to play his second unit. Stevens downplayed the altercation and said it had no influence whatsoever on his decision not to play them in the final quarter. Boston Globe

December 20, 2013 Updates
December 19, 2013 Updates

Rival executives were dubious from the beginning of a scenario that would've sent Asik to Boston for Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and a first-round pick. Bass and Lee are two contracts that Celtics GM Danny Ainge is trying to unload, and league sources say he'd probably have to give up a draft pick to find a taker for Lee, anyway. So a deal that would also shed Bass and bring in Asik, a defensive center who is only 27, would be "a great deal for them," one executive said. If that was the deal Morey wanted, it would've been done already. Clearly, it wasn't. One person familiar with Morey's thinking said the Houston GM did not covet Bass or Lee, and likely only considered such a deal if he could have flipped one or both of them in future deals. Of course, A) he couldn't do that unless he acquired them by Thursday under NBA rules, and B) league sources say the market for both players would've been minimal, anyway. CBSSports.com

Sources say that the best offer they've received to date is the Boston Celtics' offer featuring reserves Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee and a future protected first-round pick. But sources say Houston couldn't bring itself Thursday to take that package back for a player it regards as one of the league's best rim protectors, especially after the Rockets -- according to a Boston Herald report -- rejected the same offer last week. ESPN.com

The day has arrived for the Houston Rockets to live up to their vow to trade disgruntled center Omer Asik. The Rockets have been telling teams for two weeks that they will trade Asik by Thursday, and according to sources close to the process, they gradually continued to move in that direction Wednesday. ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Boston Celtics had emerged as the strongest rivals to the Philadelphia 76ers in terms of Asik's likely destination. Entering the final hours before the Rockets' self-imposed deadline, sources said Houston officials spent much of Wednesday weighing the merits of Boston's offer of forward Brandon Bass, guard Courtney Lee and a future first-round draft pick for the 7-footer from Turkey while also remaining engaged in talks with Philadelphia and leaving open the possibility that other teams could still join the bidding. ESPN.com

Baxter Holmes: Does Brandon Bass pay attention to trade rumors? "No, I don't." Does he know why he was asked that tonight? "No, I don't." Twitter @BaxterHolmes

December 18, 2013 Updates

The Boston Celtics have gained traction in trade talks to acquire Houston Rockets center Omer Asik, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The talks have centered on a package including forward Brandon Bass, guard Courtney Lee and a first-round pick, sources said. It's unclear if Lee will go to the Rockets or be routed to a third team. Rockets center Dwight Howard and Bass played together on Orlando's frontline, but sources insist Howard was never enamored with the partnership. Yahoo! Sports

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